The Rebel by Adrienne Giordano – Spotlight and Giveaway

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10_1 The RebelBad to the bone…in all the right ways

A brilliant civil lawyer, David Hennings has always been the outsider—at odds with his wealthy family, shunning relationships, defying convention as a sexy leather-jacketed biker. Which is why sculptor Amanda LeBlanc agrees to his request to reconstruct a skull from a cold case murder. The instant heat between them is scorching.

But once Amanda takes the job and gets too close to the rebellious attorney, her carefully balanced life is upended by a series of methodical attacks. Someone doesn’t want her to finish the job. Now David will risk everything not to lose the woman he unknowingly put in jeopardy.

Enjoy an excerpt:

INSIDE THE STAIRWELL of the hundred-year-old building on the city’s West Side, David climbed the last few steps leading to the landing of Amanda’s second-floor studio. He loved these old structures with the Portland stone and brick. The iconic columns on the facade urged the history major in him to research the place. Check the city records, see what information he could find on who’d built it, who’d lived here or which companies had run their wares through its doors.

Structures like this had a charm all their own that couldn’t be duplicated with modern wizardry. Old buildings, this building, had a life, a past to be researched and appreciated.

Or maybe he just wanted to believe that.

He rapped on the door. No hollow wood there. By the scarred look and feel of its heavy weight under his knuckles, it might be the original door. How amazing would that be?

The door swung open and a woman with lush curves a guy his size could wrap himself around greeted him. She wore jeans and a graphic T-shirt announcing he should make love, not war—gladly, sweetheart—and her honey-blond hair fell around her shoulders, curling at the ends. The whole look brought thoughts of lazy Sunday mornings, hot coffee and a few extracurricular activities, in a bed and out, David could think of.

To say the least, she affected him.

And she hadn’t even opened her mouth. Please don’t be an airhead.


Yep. That was the voice from earlier. Soft and sweet and stirring up all kinds of images right along with Sunday mornings and coffee. With any luck, more than the coffee would be hot.

Hokay. Mission Pam Hennings getting derailed by wicked thoughts. Time to get serious.

“Hi. Amanda?”

“Yes.” She held her hand out. “Amanda LeBlanc.”

David grasped her hand and glanced down at her long, elegant fingers folding over his. Her silky skin absorbed his much larger hand, and he might like to stay this way awhile. Nice hands. Soft hands. He’d imagined a sculptor’s hands to be work-hardened and rough. Not that she swung an ax all day, but he’d expected…different.

“Um.” She pointed at their still joined hands. “I kinda need that hand back.”

Epic fail, Dave. He grinned and regrettably slid his hand away. “Don’t take this the wrong way, but where have you been all my life?”

As recoveries went, it wouldn’t be listed among the top hundred in brilliance, but a man had to work with what he had. Still, her lips, those extraordinary, shapely lips, twisted until she finally gave up and awarded him with a smile.

“Good one,” she said. “Come inside and we’ll talk about your project.”

About the Author:10_1 Giordano Author PhotoUSA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

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  1. Hmm I think my fave rebel, is either Emma Swan in season 1 Or Snow White when she had to be a bandit in the woods on Once Upon A Time.

  2. Do you ever suffer writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Hi, Peggy. Writer’s block is a tough one. I don’t like to think of it as being blocked because if I think too hard about being blocked, I’ll convince myself of it. 🙂 I definitely have days when the words aren’t flowing though (today is one of them) or I hit a plot point where I’m stuck and don’t know exactly where to take a scene. To get myself “unstuck” I try different things. I’ll put my iPod on and go for a walk to think about where the scene might go. There’s something about the fresh air and music that gets my creative juices flowing. Typically, I’ll ask myself what the worst possible thing is that could happen to the character. Then I’ll start coming up with ideas and something usually clicks.

      I will also call or email one of my critique partners and ask for plotting help. Sometimes a fresh perspective really helps.

      Just today I was stuck in a scene. I always know it’s not working when I have to keep stopping. When drafting I tend to just let the words come and not worry about editing. Editing comes later. If I have to keep stopping I know the scene isn’t right because it’s too much of a struggle. So, today, I deleted everything I wrote and skipped ahead to the next scene. I realized as I was typing that I didn’t need the scene I’d eliminated, which is probably why it didn’t feel right. 🙂

  3. Nurmawati Djuhawan says:

    dean winchester from supernatural tv series
    thx u for hosting 🙂

  4. Rita Wray says:

    James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. Love it!

  5. Theresa Fischer says:

    Love the brothers from Supernatural.

  6. amy bowens says:

    I really enjoyed the excerpt. Definitely adding to my tbr

  7. I love bikers in books, all of them are rebels!! My favorites are from Tillie Cole’s Hades Hangmen series!

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